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18 April 2015

Young Professionals Spring Career Dinner Series

Join us for the Spring 2015 Career Dinner Series - an evening that could launch your global career!

The International Career Dinner Series is a signature, annual event inviting young professionals to engage with Washington's top professionals in their chosen field. The event begins with a networking reception at the UN Foundation followed by topical dinners held in private homes throughout the DC Metro Area. Each dinner features distinguished speakers who will share their stories, answer your questions, and offer advice based on their experiences in the industry.

Networking reception: 5:00 - 6:00/6:30 pm
Individual dinners: 7:00pm (Note: specific location of each dinner will be provided after you have registered; all locations are Metro accessible this spring)

Member = $45
Non-Member = $55
Combo (includes membership subscription - a $15 savings!) = $65 

Reception Keynote Speaker:
    • William Davis, DirectorUNDP Representative Office in Washington; Soon to become the Executive Director of U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Dinner topics: 
To register, click on the dinner topic you are interested in.
*Additional speakers and dinner topics will be added upon confirmation

Careers in International Nonprofits
    • Colleen Teixeira Moffat, Officer, Strategic Planning and Implementation, United Nations Foundation
    • Jessica Mueller, Director of Strategic Advancement, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition


Women in Policy - SOLD OUT!

    • Rachel Wallace, Press Advisor & Speechwriter, US Department of State, Office of Global Women's Issues
    • Karen Mulhauser, Founder, Mulhauser and Associates; Chair, UNA-USA
    • Angela Canterbury, Executive Director, Council for a Livable World


Careers in International Development

    • Mary Bliss, Founder and Executive Director of Practical Small Projects
    • Dr. Thomas J. Herlehy, Practice Area Manager for Crops, Land O'Lakes, Inc. 


Careers in Technology for Development - Only 2 tickets left!

    • Nick Martin, Founder and CEO, TechChange 
    • Sarah Pitcairn, Instructional Designer, TechChange
    • Delanie Ricketts, Intructional Designer, TechChange


Careers in Global Health - SOLD OUT!

    • Kimberly Sutton, Global Health Advocacy Manager, Better World Campaign 
    • Wendy Santis, Executive Director, Footwork: The International Podoconiosis Initiative


Careers in Human Rights - SOLD OUT!

    •  Juan Mendez, Professor of Human Rights Law at the American University-Washington College of Law; UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
    • Dawn Calabia, Former Deputy and Acting Director of the UN Information Center in Washington; Former External Relations officer for the UN Refugee Agency; Director-at-Large, UNA-NCA Board of Director
    • Tino Calabia, Interagency Liaison, Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (retired); Life-long supporter of UNA-NCA


Careers in International Business/Development Economics - SOLD OUT!

    •  Jens FlandingAdvisor/Assessor Institutional Development at Pan American Health Organization 
    • Christopher Dorval, President at Dorval Strategies



William Davis
Director, UNDP Representative Office in Washington
William Davis is the director of the UNDP Representative Office in Washington. The office acts as a liaison with the US government as well as think tanks, non-governmental organizations, the media, and academic, diplomatic and business communities.
Before joining the UN, Mr. Davis was the Director for Global and Functional Affairs in the US State Department's Bureau of Legislative Affairs. He oversaw the Department's interaction with Congress on global priorities such as international organizations, human rights and refugee affairs. He was also the Department's senior legislative adviser on relations with Congress regarding the Secretary of State's Office of Reconstruction and Stabilization.
From 2005 to 2011, Davis was director of the UN Information Centre in Washington, DC. He served as a spokesperson for the organization and worked with officials in the Executive Branch, Congress, the media, civil society, and the business community to strengthen the relationship between the UN and the US.
Mr. Davis graduated from Duke University cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Public Policy Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

13 April 2015

Human Rights Committee Meeting

The Human Rights Committee is looking for more members. If you are interested in promoting civil liberties, gender equality and inalienable rights, then you will be a great match for the UNA-NCA Human Rights Committee!  

Come learn more about the committee and its open volunteer positions at our open meeting. 

When: April 13, 2015,  6 pm-8 pm

Where: The Mission Dupont, 1606 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Cost: Free


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09 April 2015

Current and Emerging Technologies in Development

Join us for a lightning talk, debate, and Q&A session with three thought leaders in technology and development as they address current issues in the Technologies and Communications field. 

Their discussion will address questions like:

·     How can we use mobiles devices better in development?
·     What are effective ICT-based community engagement strategies?
·     Which emerging technologies will start the next tech revolution?

Join us to learn more about the crucial role of current and emerging technologies in development from mobile devices, to drones, to 3D printing, to sensors, and more.

When: Thursday, April 9, 5:30 - 7 pm

Where: Greater Washington Urban League, 2901 14th st NW, Washington DC


Laura Walker McDonald
, CEO, The Social Impact Lab
Robert Baker, Operations Officer & Program Lead for the Open Aid Partnership (OAP) Program, The World Bank Group
Wayan Vota, Technology Advisor, FHI 360's TechLab

Free for members; $5 for non-members


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11 March 2015

The International Telecommunication Union at 150- A Conversation with the Secretary General

In celebrating the 150th anniversary of the International Telecommunication Union, we invite you to a reception and conversation with the ITU Secretary General, Houlin Zhao

The Secretary General will discuss ITU's role in addressing issues involving information and communications technologies, including the improvement of telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world and facilitating the exchange of ideas and technology between countries and industry leaders.

: Wednesday, March 11, 4:00 pm

Where: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Cost:  Member - $10
             Non-member - $20
             Combo (includes discounted UNA membership) - $30

(advanced registration is required)

20 February 2015

Members' Day at the UN

Join fellow UNA-USA members and UN supporters at the UN Headquarters for Members' Day and the 7th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, a day of dynamic and informative discussion on the most pressing issues facing the United Nations. Using this year's theme, The UN at 70: A Year for Bold Action, UNA-USA members will get exclusive access to the UN, where they will hear from experts, and network with community leaders, academics and students, and representatives from think tanks and like-minded organizations.

When: Friday, February 20, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Where: The United Nations Headquarters, 1st Avenue at 46th Street, New York, NY 10017

Cost: Free to members (Not a member yet? Join today!)
Learn more and register

The Young Professionals of UNA-Southern New York State and UNA-NCA will also be hosting a happy hour social following the Members' Day program.  If you are interested in attending, learn more and register.

17 February 2015

Postponed: Virginia Area Advocacy Training Workshop

 We're hosting an Advocacy training for Virginia-area members.  The session will cover both the “how-to’s” of advocacy as well as some current, substantive issues related to the UN.  Participants will gain an understanding of how to approach advocacy conversations and some go-to information to share with their District’s representatives.

Postponed due to incliment weather.  

Cost: Free


FYI: For those interested, the Clarendon Mardi Gras parade will begin at 8 pm

20 January 2015

Cities for CEDAW: From Global Policy to Local Action

In partnership with UNA-USA and the US National Committee for UN Women, we invite you to a reception and discussion on CEDAW and how to advocate for its adoption in Washington DC and cities across the U.S.

When: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 6 pm - 8 pm

Where: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman, Washington DC
Muriel Bowser, Mayor, Washington, DC [invited]
David Grosso, Council Member, Washington DC
Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, Executive Director, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
Maggie Forster SchmitzPresident of the US National Committee for UN Women
Chris WhatleyExecutive Director of UNA-USA

RSVP via email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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14 January 2015

The Ebola Outbreak: Challenges and Next Steps for the Future

The ongoing Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone has commanded the world’s attention. Global health organizations, in collaboration with local organizations and civilians, are mounting a strong response in hopes of ending the outbreak.

UNA-NCA's Africa Committee will host this event featuring three (3) 20-minute discussions on 1) Technology and Health Systems Strengthening, 2) Economic Impact: Current and Potential Impact, and 3) Current Response: The engagement of Civic Society and Donor Agencies.

When: Wednesday, January 14

  Registration and Networking Reception: 5:00 - 5:30

  Program: 5:30 - 7:30 pm


Where: The George Washington University

   The Milken Institute School of Public Health

   Auditorium B-100

   950 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC




Keynote: Lynn Goldman, MD, MS, MPH, Dean, The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health


Featured Speaker: Elizabeth Johnson Sirleaf, Deputy Assistant Minister of Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Liberia

Jon Gosier, Senior Fellow, TED


Kristen Himelein, Poverty Economist, World Bank Africa Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (PREM)


Tope Fajingbesi, CEO, House of Ganiyah; Host, IMPACT Africa

Abebe SelassieDeputy Director, IMF Africa Department 




Cost: Members = free

    Non-members = $5

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